January 24, 2017

Treating Urinary Incontinence and Overactive Bladder Without Surgery

Controlling When You Have to Go to the Bathroom – NATURALLY

by Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

Several years after her surgery, Marge began having frequent urinary tract infections. Eventually, she had a cystoscopy. The surgeon looked into the bladder and found what she had feared – mesh. The plastic mesh placed to suspend Marge’s bladder had worn through the wall of the bladder, creating inflammation and infection. She needed surgery to remove the mesh. The problem, however, was that tissue had grown around the mesh. As expected, scar tissue formed to protect the body from the foreign material. The entire mesh sling was no longer a separate piece of plastic that could be removed. It had become an integral part of the pelvic organs from the skin to the bladder, and even the uterus and ovaries.

After three surgeries she was better – for a while. But more mesh was found that had been missed. She continues to have chronic bladder problems.

adult diapers for incontinenceIt all started when Marge was having urinary incontinence and went to the doctor. They looked at the options. Medications weren’t very helpful, though they did improve the urgency to go. Finally, they settled on a surgical procedure called a sling that would pull the bladder up, so the tube (urethra) wasn’t “kinked.” This procedure has been used for years with good success, and Marge wouldn’t have to take medications. The sling seemed to be the simplest solution, but she didn’t know the potential complications.

Normal urinary function

The urinary system is a beautiful work of complex fluid mechanics and engineering. The kidney pushes urine into the bladder. Under pressure, the bladder stretches to fill like a balloon. Valves prevent urine from going back up into the kidneys. The bladder also has a sphincter to hold in the urine as it fills, preventing it from leaking urine. Normally, the bladder can hold up to 500 milliliters of fluid (about a pint).

The wall of the bladder itself is a muscle that actively contracts to push out the urine when we go to the bathroom. Sometimes it takes a few seconds to develop pressure to make the urine flow. This coordinates with the sphincter at the base holding in the urine, which needs to relax. Most of the time, the muscle in the bladder muscle wall is relaxed, allowing the bladder to fill, and the sphincter is tight, preventing leakage. These roles reverse for just a few seconds to let the urine out when we go to the bathroom.

4 Types of Urinary Incontinence

The word incontinence means the inability to hold urine. Sometimes the system doesn’t function properly and urine leaks at unexpected times.

Urinary incontinence is the forgotten stepchild of medicine. Nobody wants to talk about it. Most people who have it don’t bring it to the attention of their doctors. They just assume that they are “getting old” and wear pads, pull-ups, or diapers. Most don’t know that there are four distinct types of urinary incontinence.

  1. Stress incontinence
  2. Urge incontinence
  3. Overflow incontinence
  4. Functional incontinence

I am going to explain each type of incontinence, how you can know which type you have, and what you can do about it. I hope to spare anyone from having unnecessary surgery, and possible complications.

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Stressed? Anxious? L-Theanine in green tea is a top-notch health drink

Help the body stay calm, focused, and decrease stress

L-theanine may sound unfamiliar, but there’s a good chance you have consumed it before. For example, in the last cup of green tea you drank.

l-theanine-for-calmResearchers are studying L-theanine, a type of amino acid, and its beneficial effects for those suffering from anxiety, stress, poor brain health, and sleep disorders.

In this article, we’ll explore some of the potential benefits of taking L-theanine for your anxiety.

L-theanine is an amino acid that stimulates the production of dopamine and serotonin. These are neurotransmitters responsible for boosting mood and enhancing memory, thus helping with improved concentration. Not only that, these chemicals fight depression, stabilize moods, and calm you down. Looking for increased clarity during the holidays? Since green tea is a great source of L-theanine, you might want to try green tea to help achieve that calming effect.

L-Theanine for Stress and Anxiety

L-theanine is proven to help you relax without sedating you.[1] This is important when you want to relieve stress without going to sleep. Also, L-theanine is non-addictive and carries none of the nasty side-effects of Xanax or Klonopin, pharmaceutical copycats of L-theanine.[2]

Recommended dose is 50–200 mg for therapeutic benefits.

L-Theanine for Brain

l-theanine-for-stress-and-anxietyDr. Anna Nobre at the esteemed Oxford University conducted brain scans before and after a single 50 mg dose of L-theanine.[3]

As you can see, L-theanine caused the subjects’ brains to go from dull to bright with the key memory and focus centers of the brain lighting up and becoming active. “These data indicate that L-theanine, at realistic dietary levels, has a significant effect on the general state of mental alertness or arousal.”[4]

Just think of what you could accomplish with a brighter, more active brain!

L-Theanine for Better Sleep

Whether you hurt too much, worry too much, or your leg sometimes has a mind of its own, certain nutrients can help you keep these common problems from stealing your slumber. For starters, if you’re feeling stressed or anxious, you’ll want to take one of my favorite calming nutrients: L-theanine.

Researchers in Japan found that subjects were able to achieve pre-sleep relaxation with L-theanine. That’s because L-theanine raises levels of serotonin and GABA in your brain. This allows it to boost alpha waves in your brain and promote relaxation.

Relaxation is a very important precursor to being able to fall asleep. The researchers also concluded that L-theanine enabled participants in the study to obtain a better night’s sleep. They woke up feeling refreshed and fully rested.[5]

A total of 400 mg, 200 mg of L-theanine in the morning and 200 mg again in the afternoon, was found to significantly improve sleep quality. [6]

l-theanine-supplement-reviewThe best part about L-theanine is that you can often feel a difference in a matter of minutes, not days or weeks. Have a cup of green tea to feel less anxious… you don’t have to leave your desk to feel its calming effects.

Safe L-Theanine Products

L-theanine is a supplement worth trying. It’s inexpensive, you can find it anywhere, and it works quickly. The following L-theanine supplements have been tested for quality, purity, contamination and solvability. All are approved and safe for consumption:

  • Bluebonnet L-Theanine 150 mg
  • Country Life® L-Theanine 200 mg
  • GNC L-Theanine 200 mg
  • Jarrow Formulas® L-Theanine 200 mg
  • LifeExtension® L-Theanine 100 mg
  • NOW® L-Theanine Double Strength 200 mg
  • Puritan’s Pride® L-Theanine 100 mg
  • Solgar® L-Theanine 150 mg
  • Source Naturals® L-Theanine 200 mg
  • Swanson Ultra® Suntheanine 200 mg
  • Thorne Research Theanine 200 mg
  • TwinLab® L-Theanine Dots – Natural Tangerine Flavor 50 mg

Naturalists would recommend drinking tea over taking supplements for a number of reasons. Primarily, tea contains more than 200 bioactive compounds. Also, the body is able to assimilate L-theanine more rapidly in liquid form (tea).

The tea with the highest levels of L-theanine depends less on the tea and more on the leaves. Young tea buds contain the highest concentration of L-theanine. But use only organic whole-leaf green tea. Oolong is the variety highest in L-theanine. In general, high quality green tea is described as “delicate,” or “sweet.” Sweetness is attributed to amino acids, especially L-theanine. Put another way, tea that tastes sweet and fresh will be L-theanine rich.

how-to-choose-l-theanine-rich-green-teaSteeping leaves for a minute or two extra will ensure you’re getting the most L-theanine you can in each cup of green tea. But leave out milk or cream as it lowers L-theanine content.

Whether taken as a supplement or in cups of green tea, L-theanine is safe and helps many people reduce stress and anxiety. Research shows that L-theanine induces relaxed thinking states, reduces your fight-or flight response to stressful events and helps protect the mind from stress-linked thinking and memory deficits.

Research shows that L-theanine induces relaxed thinking states, reduces your fight-or flight response to stressful events and helps protect the mind from stress-linked thinking and memory deficits.

L-theanine, the amino acid in tea, may be just what you need to feel less anxious, more alert, and get a good night’s sleep.

 

Anxiety takes a major toll on your mind and body—the right breathing techniques can be majorly therapeutic. And if you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your mental health is seriously important, and deserves attention and care.

 

 

 

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[1] Examine.com, “Theanine,” nd., https://examine.com/supplements/theanine/.
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[6] http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/16/4/348.pdf.

Omega Fats: The Simple Fuel That Drives Our Engine

A guide to eating the right fats

By Jeffrey Saunders

Life without fat is about as enjoyable as air without aromatherapy.

Why?

Because like a whiff of Yankee Candle makes the air we breathe a little fresher, so fat can make our edibles a little tastier… and it’s healthy for you!

Well, not ALL fat…

Trans and saturated fats—and what I call, “conversion fats” are bad for you. Conversion fats mutate into that damnable fat stored in the jiggly rolls of your stomach, thighs, and chin(s) among other unflattering areas. These three bad fats, like refined sugars, grains, and starches—drain you of your health like chubby little vampire bats sucking the life out of cattle in the night…

So yeah… you’ll do much better without those fats for sure…

But you will almost certainly experience chronic illness if you overlook the importance of taking in the now legendary fat, omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial to our health and wellbeing. In fact, we can’t live without them!

You see dear reader, your brain (mine too), your central nervous system, and your very cells are built with omega-3 fatty acids.

These little guys also form the foundation upon which our hormonal and immune systems develop. In short, we would not be here enjoying each other right now (assuming you’re enjoying me) without the presence of these miraculous fats.

But even omega-3s are not enough… because for your ultimate health (AND beauty, I might add), your body needs omega-3’s heroic 1st cousin…

Yes it’s… Omega-6!

But here’s the kicker—your body does NOT produce either one on its own.

Bummer.

Which is why they’re called EFAs or, Essential Fatty Acids (clever, right?).

Now, omega-6s are all over the place. They’re in nuts, whole grains, avocados, cereals and virtually all of your cooking oils.

But what’s interesting is that omega-3s are not nearly as common. You have to work to get omega-3s. And let me tell you—if you don’t have a near perfect balance of 3s to 6s, you could find yourself in a world of hurt.

An imbalance can bring on: cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes… to name but a few.

So…

Wherefore art thou omega-3?

You’ll find omega-3s hanging out in chia, flax, and pumpkin seeds… and of course cold-water fish.

Walnuts, krill oil, eggs, and peanut butter also contain a fine dose of these healthy little goodies.

For a more complete list of omega-3s, check out this WebMD page

Omega-6 and -3 fats rely on the same enzymes for their synthesis, and since they work on a first come, first served basis, if there is an excess of omega-6s the result is an overproduction arachidonic acid in the cell membrane.

What… did I lose you?

Okay. Without using any more scientific jargon, let’s just say this is how Chronic Inflammatory Disease begins.

But you see, our paleo ancestors didn’t get that memo…

Because they were blessed with living off the organic fat of the landwith a 1:1 ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s. Whatever they could hunt and gather seemed to keep their omegas in check. But the average ratio in our western diet today is 16.7:1 and as high as 30:1… YIKES!

That is no good, my friend.

It’s due to the overuse of omega-6s in vegetable oils and grain fed meat.

Our ancestors may have also dined on game, fowl and fish but they were acquiring their omega-3s through the natural diet of the animals they ate, whereas today the majority of farm raised fish, chicken, cattle, and hogs are using grains as the primary source of feed.

So in essence we are what our food ate!

What do you do?

In short, you make sure that what you eat ate right!

Grass-fed beef… free range chickens and hogs… and of course, wild-caught, cold-water fish.

If the label says farm raised (usually followed by 2 skin crawling words: “color added”), walk away. It’s a bit more expensive for the “real” stuff, but well worth it.

And speaking of expensive…

Even shopping at Whole Foods requires a keen eye on most of what they offer.

Use discernment.

You will continue to be inundated with foods from the “do not eat list.” You will undoubtedly fall from omega fat’s grace and into the world of saturated and trans fats periodically at best, or maybe even daily if you eat at restaurants.

It happens so innocently: an ice cream cone here… a cheeseburger there… a little fried chicken-n-French fries. The amount of dangerous creatures in the vast sea of bad fats seems infinite…

Why do they use them?

Trans fats improve texture and convert liquids to solids at room temperature, and as I said earlier—can add a ton of flavor. But the trade-off is diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Can you hear me now?

Now hear this… the good old USA is the only country that has not banned the sale of products that contain trans fats. They are still for sale on your neighborhood grocer’s shelves.

Trans fats appear most prominently in the form of cupcakes, frosting, cookies, microwave popcorn, margarine, donuts and candies.

And about that “veganaise” and Earth Balance stuff?

Uh-huh.

These are loaded with pure, Omega 6 polyunsaturated vegetable oil!

So be sure to have your discernment radar on and locked-in!

Here’s a little list so you can easily remember the dos and don’ts for your best chance at optimal health:

EAT This—your body will use these fats to rebuild and repair:

  • Grass-fed meats
  • Wild caught Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Healthy oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Please DON’T Eat these or else eat them in serious moderation (should be on your discernment radar) because your body will store them as fat:

  • Cereal grains
  • Grain fed beef/chicken
  • Farm raised fish
  • Dairy
  • Refined sugar
  • Potatoes
  • Processed foods
  • Overly salty foods
  • Refined vegetable oils
  • Candy/junk/processed food

If you have any questions about your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio… or you feel unsure about what to eat for balance, read what omega 6:omega 3 ratio Dr. Saunders recommends. You can also talk to your doctor, or much better yet—a nutritionist (the average doctor gets less than a day’s worth of nutrition training!).

In summary…

Saturated fats are in processed butter, dairy, beef, chicken, cheese, lard and can accelerate heart disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and increase your insulin resistance, priming the pump for diabetes and high cholesterol.

Worse are trans fats… they’re made in a lab by pumping liquid oils full of hydrogen gas (hence, hydrogenated oils… EVIL!). This inevitably alters the oils’ naturally occurring state.

Being that your body is “naturally occurring,” when you ingest chemically altered, unnatural fat you simply cannot synthesize it and it turns into a gunky, cloggy, fat-churning mess inside you.

And that’s BAD.

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Omega 3s and 6s are EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), but your body doesn’t make ‘em, so you have to carefully choose foods to eat that contain these building blocks of life.

Why carefully?

Because you need to have a 1:1 ratio of 3s to 6s for optimum health and beauty (yeah… I said it—in the immortal words of Fernando Lamas (Billy Crystal) YOU look mahhhhvelous, darling!)

Omega 6s are nearly everywhere you look… so look wisely and be sure to eat enough foods that contain Omega 3s. For help, please refer to the “Eat and Don’t Eat” list above.

And that’s GOOD!

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With a few simple steps and a little dietary discernment, you could be armed to the teeth (no pun intended) to enjoy a healthier and, in many cases, a more delicious life.

We harp about the dangers of processed foods all the time here at Home Cures That Work… as you can see, it’s for a very, very good reason!

Hungry for more?

Click here for a list of 10 more common foods that are just plain bad…

Until we meet again, watch your fat ratio: good fats up and bad fats down. Use dietary discernment and keep your motor running… darling!

 

And if you’re wondering what to make in the AM, check out this omega-3 green smoothie recipe. While you’re tweaking your habits, check out the a very high omega-3 concentrated supplements that comes recommended by the independent testing lab.

 

 

 

Pesticides: When Killing the Pest Becomes the Plague

How Can We Minimize or Avoid Exposure to Pesticides?

by Rob Fischer

Greek mythology tells the tale of the Trojan horse. The tale describes how the Greeks tricked the citizens of Troy with the gift of this wooden horse. But unknown to Troy, the horse was filled with an elite troop of Greek soldiers. The people of Troy wheeled the giant horse into their city thinking it a great prize. In the process, they unwittingly aided in their own destruction.

Today, commercially grown produce, grain, meats, dairy products, etc. are that Trojan horse. Every day we unwittingly eat foods that are tainted with pesticides. And these toxins are waging war on our health!

Pesticide is a generic term that refers to any chemical or agent used to destroy pests. Thus, “pesticide” may refer to insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or anything used to kill whatever pests are present. These pests may be insects, worms, molds, mildews, bacteria, weeds, and even mice, rats and gophers.

But think about it. If pesticides are designed to kill living organisms, what happens when we bite into an apple, plop a grape or strawberry into our mouths, or eat anything that has been sprayed with a pesticide? What happens to us? What effects are pesticides having on our health?

How Widespread Is the Use of Pesticides?

Unless you live in a more rural setting, you may not realize how widespread the use of pesticides has become. Virtually every crop that’s commercially grown is sprayed or treated with some form of pesticide. This includes fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, etc. According to Michael Crupain, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center, “We’re exposed to a cocktail of chemicals from our food on a daily basis.”[1]

Just think, the seemingly healthy greens in your salad can also hide dangerous amounts of chemicals! In the US alone, we use more than a billion pounds of pesticide each year. Currently, there are about 20,000 products on the market with formulas that span more than a thousand chemicals.[2] When tested, the average American contains residue from 29 different pesticides in our bodies.[3]

Fortunately, since 1996, when Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act, pesticide residue on produce has declined in the US.[4] But the amount of residue and its potential impact on our health is still alarming. One problem is that over a third of all produce tested in the US has residue from two or more pesticides. The interaction of these chemicals within the human body is unknown.[5]

How Pesticides Hurt Us

Various pesticides use different means to kill the pests they are targeting. Some use a nerve-gas-like chemical to disrupt the neurological function of the pest. One type of pesticide, organophosphates, was developed and used as nerve gas during World War II.[6] Others throw a pest’s key hormones into unbalance. And others prevent a weed from being able to absorb necessary trace minerals from the soil.[7]

The problem is that whatever pest is being targeted is generally mingled in with the crop that eventually lands on our table. This includes any and all commercially grown or processed foods that are non-organic. Pests also eventually adapt to whatever pesticide is being used and become resistant to it. So, new pesticides must be developed and applied, which compounds the chemicals bombarding our food and our bodies.

How Pesticides Affect Our Health

Pesticides enter and damage the human body through a variety of means: eating foods treated with pesticides; drinking water that is contaminated from runoff; through exposure to pesticides that come into contact with the skin; and by breathing in pesticide particles.

The CHAMACOS Study that was released a few years ago followed hundreds of pregnant women who lived in Salinas Valley, California, a rich agricultural area. Up to a half-million pounds of organophosphates have been sprayed on all of the crops of this valley each year.[8]

effects-of-pesticides-on-your-childrenThe study observed the pregnancies, births and development of these children through age 12 to determine the effects of pesticides on their health. So this was an extensive research project. The study revealed:

  • Shorter pregnancies
  • Poorer neonatal reflexes
  • Lower IQs and cognitive function
  • Increased risk of attention problems[9]

Research on Dursban, a pesticide widely used to control household pests in the 90s, also showed similar effects on children.[10] And these studies only represent two primary products. We lived in Texas during the 90s. I now remember (with remorse) buying Dursban to control fleas, fire ants and roaches in our yard. (That product never worked very well.)

In Argentina, where massive exposure to pesticide glyphosate in herbicide has occurred, miscarriages, infertility, and birth defects have skyrocketed. In the village of Malvinas Argentinas, the miscarriage rate is 100 times the national average and birth defects are the number one cause of death among children under one year.[11]

Also, much data is available from studies of farmworkers who handle pesticides regularly. The link between these serious health issues and pesticides is undeniable. Babies and small children are especially susceptible to the negative health effects of pesticides. Toxins remain in their systems longer than with adults and children are more vulnerable to these toxins because their organs are still developing.[12]

The President’s Cancer Panel wrote a report in 2010 on the topic of environmental cancer risks. In that report they warned, “The entire U.S. population is exposed on a daily basis to numerous agricultural chemicals. … Many of these chemicals have known or suspected carcinogenic or endocrine-disrupting properties.”[13]

Studies on the effects of pesticide on human health have linked them to: [14], [15]

Use of pesticides year after year permeates our soil and enters our drinking water through runoff. Authorities warn that even miniscule trace amounts of these chemicals are harmful to humans. A study that focused on the product Roundup was found to be “toxic to human DNA even when diluted to concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications.”[17]

What’s even more disturbing is that some foods have been genetically modified to contain pesticides within their own DNA!

Also, follow the downstream effects of pesticides. A hayfield is sprayed with pesticide. When harvested, the hay is bailed and fed to cattle. The cattle ingest the pesticide and pass it along to us in the form of meat, milk, cheese, and so on. The same can be said for pork, chicken, and a host of other food products.

How Can We Minimize or Avoid Exposure to Pesticides?

There are several things you can do to avoid or minimize your exposure to pesticides. And these measures are especially important if you are pregnant or have children at home.

1. Eat organic fruit, vegetables, dairy and meats.

By definition, organic foods must be free from use of synthetic or chemical pesticides and are non-GMO (genetically modified). Most grocery stores stock organic foods nowadays. True, organic food is more expensive, but it’s not as costly as it once was. And considering the alternative health problems, eating organic foods is much cheaper.

Local farmer’s markets and specialty markets also offer great selections of organic foods. And finally, why not grow your own? Veggies and herbs grown in the backyard or on the windowsill connect you with nature’s bounty — and you can create healthy, clean, and inexpensive food sans pesticides. Then you know exactly what you’re getting.

2. Avoid the “Dirty Dozen!

Some of your favorite smoothie staples could contain a serious dose of pesticide Not exactly the healthy drink you were going for. As of this year, strawberries have officially dethroned apples (which have ranked number one for the past five years) as the dirtiest piece of produce.

The Environmental Working Group has identified a list of produce that routinely contain more pesticide than any others. The 2016 list in order of contamination includes:[18]

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Sweet bell peppers
  11. Cherry tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

Unfortunately, the use of these pesticides that make it onto our plates is totally approved by the USDA. So if you want to avoid them entirely, your best bet is to stick to exclusively organic fruits and veggies. (Did you know that organic fruit also has more antioxidants?)

4. Wash your produce.

While peeling or washing produce may remove some pesticide residue, it cannot remove all of it. At the same time, washing produce well under running water is a good practice. Using a vegetable brush on harder produce like carrots and potatoes will help too.

5. Pay attention to the country of origin.

Where fruits and vegetables were grown is important in determining the relative safety of eating them due to types and concentrations of pesticides . Studies measuring the amount of pesticide residue are available to help us determine the safest countries to buy from. For instance, for low pesticide residue buy apples grown in New Zealand and asparagus, cabbage and broccoli from Mexico or the US. By law, produce stickers must divulge the country of origin.[19]

6. Look for natural substitutes for getting rid of pests.

This applies to your personal home applications of pesticides. There are numerous more natural and viable methods for getting rid of unwanted pests than reaching for the chemicals. Some of these are as simple as cutting some herbs and placing them on your window sill.

Across America, confusion reigns in the supermarket aisles about how to eat healthfully. One thing on shopper’s minds: the pesticides in fruits and vegetables. Spinach, grapes and strawberries are some of the worst pesticide offenders. Other regular items in your shopping cart such as tomatoes, apples, celery and peaches have all been found to contain a variety of killing chemicals.

And what do you put on your salad? It’s a chemical cocktail of pesticides. The most important thing is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, eating organic whenever possible. Organic is always the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment, and the people who grow our food. Hopefully this article can help you save money while still looking out for your well-being.

So, now that this culinary Trojan horse has been exposed what will you do? The above list of nasty side effects associated with exposure to pesticides should serve as a wakeup call. Are you still skeptical? Then eat only organic foods for the next 30 days and see if you don’t feel better.

How else are food and beverage manufacturers trying to trick you? By sneaking sugar into your favorite foods, of course. Or, are you drinking arsenic-laden water?

 

Rob FischerRob Fischer has been writing professionally for over 35 years. His experience includes ghostwriting, creating curricula, study guides, articles, blogs, newsletters, manuals, workbooks, and training courses. He has written over a dozen books and serves as an editor for a nationally known copywriter.

 

 

 

 

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